The Franklin Park Public Library District offers an environment conducive to the use of the Library’s informational, educational and recreational materials, programs, and services. People using the Library must conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the Library’s nature and purpose.
All patrons observing proper conduct in the Library are allowed to freely make use of the Library. Those whose conduct is disruptive to Library operations and other patrons’ use of the Library may have the privilege of using the Library abridged or denied.
No list can be exhaustive, and any conduct that disrupts the Library is prohibited. Conduct which may lead to denial of Library privileges includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Telephones at the Franklin Park Public Library are reserved for staff use for official business. Telephone lines need to be kept open at all times so that Library staff can be available to assist patrons and answer questions. Patrons of the Library may not use Library telephones except in the following circumstance:
The Library has no public pay phone available.
Personal calls will not be made for patrons.
Calls requiring more than approximately 2 to 3 minutes cannot be made for the patron.
All patrons must expeditiously leave the library premises at closing time. Transportation is the sole responsibility of the patron or parent, guardian or other authorized person. Adults or minors who remain at the library after closing may be referred to the Franklin Park Police in order to ensure their safety.
If any child under the age of fourteen (14) does not have a responsible adult present when the Library closes, two Library staff members will stay with the child. After waiting ten minutes and unsuccessfully attempting to contact the responsible adult, the child will be referred to the custody of the Franklin Park Police in order to ensure his/her safety. An incident report must be written for any situation of an unattended child.
Under no circumstances should Library employees give children or other patrons rides, or be left alone with them, even if they know them.
Any staff member may enforce this Policy by pointing out violations to patrons and requesting compliance. Library staff may request that a patron who refuses to comply, leave the library for the remainder of the day or until his or her behavior is brought into compliance with the Policy. Library staff may call the police for assistance if a patron refuses to comply and/or refuses to leave the library. Staff members must report serious or recurring violations to the Librarian-in-charge. For such violations, the Librarian-in-charge must ensure that an incident report is written by writing it her/himself or assisting other staff members directly involved in the incident in completing the report.
Video recordings or photographs made from security cameras showing a violation by a patron of the Library’s Patron Conduct Policy may be used to support suspension or termination of a patron’s library privileges and/or immediate ejection from the library. Video recordings or photographs made from security cameras may also be shared with police if illegal activity is suspected.
The Library Administrator is authorized to exclude from the use of the library any person who engages in disruptive behavior. The patron may appeal the decision to the Library Board of Trustees in writing within one month of the exclusion date. The Library Administrator or, if appealed, the Board of Trustees will determine the time period for which a patron is excluded from the library.
Adopted 2/12/08 Rev. 7/1/08, 3/1/11, 7/16/12, 11/11/14